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, i wonder if this is a set up. is this mitch mcconnell saying i'm going to set this economy up to fail. i want to hurt the president and see him not succeed and see democrats not move forward. is some of that in play here? >> i think it's fair to say that the republican leadership have certainly dug their heels in now, if you listen to john boehner saying i agree with secretary panetta that sequestration would be damaging. but they are saying this is the president's invention. >> michael: it's good public relations, but the president comes in with something like 52% approval rating at his last polling and congress is so low. doesn't the president have a little more to lose here? >> he does absolutely. if you look at this week no members of congress are in session this week. they are having townhalls they are doing speeches they are talk about -- there are very few people from the small towns of america that don't know what sequestration means anymore. so there is a lot to lose for the president. and i think everybody has a lot at play here if we don't find a
candidacy. kneel like they might have a chance if they can have a conservative democrat run against mitch mcconnell. chris: ashley judd is a native and will take on the senate leader? >> possibly. and you're seeing they're feeling perhaps they can goad her into running. chris: they're going to kill her. they're going to kill home run. movie star in kentucky. >> guns, immigration, hakele. huge issue over the next few months is voting. few lines in the state of the union. twice as many democrats waited half hour as republicans were going to have a supreme court case. that's going to affect elections for years to come. watch what goes on. consider can the federal government really get into elections? >> they can do some things around edges but your question is right. key thing is what happens in the states here. chris: when we come back, i love it, some of the biggest movies this year as you all know have been history movies. "lincoln," and others. what movie is becking to be made that -- begging to be made that hasn't been made yet? we have the hottest pitches. [ male announcer ] pillsbury
speaker boehner and senate leader mitch mcconnell call the president's speech a missed opportunity. >> an opportunity to bring together the country and instead became a retread of lip service and liberalism. for democratic president entering his second term, it was simply unequal to the moment. following four years of this president's unwillingness to challenge liberal dogma. we got more of the same. >> i have been dealing with a minimum wage issue for the last 28 years that i have been elected office. when you raise the price of employment, guess what happens. you get less of it. in a time when the american people are asking where are the jobs, why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people. >> let's bring in the "news nation" panel and syndicated talk show host and contributor michael smerconish, cnbc contributor and columnist for reuters and the atlantic. lots of jobs for you. let me start off with you. you have a president talking about raising the minimum wage and the follow-up from republicans today is that that would hurt the jobs creators. an argumen
, a colleague of all of these folks who the republican leader mitch mcconnell and others consistently praised when he was still in the senate, has two purple stars -- two purple hearts, was an extraordinary soldier, was the head of the u.s.o., served on the senate floor relations committee. he is imminently qualified to be secretary of defense. and the notion that we would see an unprecedented filibuster, just about unprecedented. we've never had a secretary of defense filibustered before. there's nothing in the constitution that says that somebody should get 60 votes. the republican minority in the senate seemed to think that the rule now is that you have to have 60 votes for everything. well, that's not the rule. the rule is that you're supposed to have a majority of the hundred senators vote on most bills. the filibuster historically has been used slektively for a handful of issues to extend debate. but we don't have a 60-vote rule. and, yet, that's become kmonl practice. this is just the latest example. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still pre
of theion onthe ion use union address. here is what senate leader mitch mcconnel told me a molt ament a >> what he has been doing doesn't create jobs. >> all right later in the show as we prepare to hear the president's take on the economy. but will he make a compromise deal on the budget cut iting se quester. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >> first up, this evening let's set the scene for tonight. aamon joins us now from the hill. what is the buzz about tonight over there good evening to you. >> reporter: well good evening larry. if history is any guide, the last 12 to 18 months might represent the opportunity. after that, history shows that second term presidents tend to peter out a bit. the president knows what is at stake here tonight. but especially the economy we have exerts from what the president is going to say. he is going to say it is our generation's task then to ignite the true engine of economic growth. we are going to hear from republican senator marco rubio. he is going to give the official response. he says this opportunity to make it to the middle class or bey
judd's possible candidacy against mitch mcconnell, and here is karl rove basically criticizing the tea party or essentially slamming the tea party while mitch mcconnell is doing everything he can to cozy up to the tea party. i think republicans around kentucky will be very confused. >> just to be broadening this out slightly, how does mr. rove suddenly pivot from resentment politics that he's been selling to white voters for the last 30 years, they're coming to get your jobs to come and get our jobs. how does he pull that one off? >> yn if he can pull it off, but it's pretty obvious why. he's looking at the people who are paying the bills and the ones who are putting up the money don't want to pay to run campaigns for extreme radical fringe candidates. so he's going where the money is, which is, i guess, probably predictable. >> i guess it is. in a "new york times" profile last week, it was suggested republicans would be thrilled to run against ashley judd, an actress, who is described by her own grandmother as a hollywood liberal. mr. rove's super pac as you have just mentioned have r
they will filibuster for stuff that's really important. when harry reid and mitch mcconnell agree this is really worth it. damn if, we said at the time this was phony, it was not going to work, it was not going to make any change. republicans were going to abuse it. they would never abide by that agreement. two weeks ago. republicans trotted it out yesterday, put a filibuster on the nomination of chuck hagel to be our next secretary of defense, and they won. you need 60 votes to get over it. and the most they could get with the democrats and four republicans was 58 votes t he lost by one vote. harry reid ended up having to vote no. that way, by voting know he has the right to bring this back up for another vote when they come back from president's day weekend, which he will, and hopefully by that time, some republicans, one more republican, will have come to his or her senses. at any rate, it was the 55 democrats, 55 democrats and independents and four republicans came up to 59. harry reid voting no. that made it 58. so chuck hagle was not confirmed. and leon
a better shot at being heard. that remains to be seen. >> one thing i'm getting past is mitch mcconnell's reaction today. i want to read part of it. roughly an hour ago saying an opportunity to bring the country together instead became another e retread of lip service and liberalism for a democratic president entering his second term it was simply unequal to the moment. mitch mcconnell is one of the first people that was on record saying let's make president obama a one-term president. we get back to thinking the fever just ain't broken, is it, karen? >> no. mitch mcconnell probably wrote that last week. it's a pretty predictable response. particularly given that the president started out talking about here are the things we have to do together. it's our job in this chamber, it's our job as the american people to do these things together. simil similarly in his inaugural address, he talked about what we can do together. one other point that's important. he reframed the notion of the conversation about how we look at budgets and deficits away from big versus small to smart versus stupid,
congressional reaction was predictable. mitch mcconnell's comment was republican boiler plate. >> in short with his impressive delivery and trademark style, last night's speech was pedestrian, liberal boilerplate that any democratic lawmaker could have given at any time in recent memory. >> and why stop there? why not compare the president to hitler, stalin, or castro? well, republican leaders don't have to do that. that is what rush limbaugh is for. >> throughout history, dictators, for example, have never really been blamed for the bad things that happen in their countries. hitler, stalin, mao, castro, none of them blamed by the rank and file citizenry. they were, instead, the leaders of the revolution. they were the great figures trying to change all the evil that was happening to everybody. here is obama. this is what agitators do, rile people up, and then come in and try to calm everybody down and fix it. >> krystal, the president gives an hour-long speech, and what we realized is, it could have been shorter. taken out the rhetoric and just have all the programs mentioned. but really,
three. >> my bag. >> you have a couple of hours. >> stephanie: you can go at mitch mcconnell speed literally to get it done. >> i believe that perhaps i could consider the possibility -- >> time's up. >> stephanie: time's up. that's my time. and now -- [ ♪ "world news tonight" ♪ ] a story about cats because i don't know why we do it. apparently every day. cats -- because you all are cat people. cats have been walking all over us for centuries. medievalist, apparently that's a job. a medievalist somebody -- >> sure he works at a university somewhere. >> stephanie: was flipping through 15th century man you on manuscripts in croatia. your average light reading when he came across something remarkable on the pages fee line paw prints. [ laughter ] medieval version of cats walking across your keyboard. as jazz does. >> it happens all the time. >> stephanie: how many times a week do i say what did chris mean? is this a scott brown tweet? >> that's when boots sat on the keyboard and demanded a neck scratch. as boots does. >> stephanie: gawker finishes as if you need additional proof t
leader mitch mcconnell reacting to the speech today. here it is. >> last night's speech was pedestrian, liberal boilerplate that any democratic lawmaker could have given at any time in recent memory. >> howard, your response to that. >> well, i spoke to mitch mcconnell yesterday. i think that's what he was expecting and he got -- he heard what he was expecting to hear in his own mind. but i think even in kentucky, believe it or not, where mitch mcconnell is going to be up for reelection next year, he is going to have to be careful on a couple of these issues. i mean, kentucky is a gun state if there ever was one. but cities like louisville and lexington, some kinds of further measures of gun safety may be more popular than he realizes. and as neera pointed out, in terms of women voters, in terms of the demography of the vote, it is important. and i think by the way it's going to be key for the president to force some democrats to go along. in certain respect, the president was speaking to harry reid, the democratic leader as much as he was speaking to mitch mcconnell. >> absolutely he
. now, here is where it really gets, i think, in some ways, even worse. i have to say, mitch mcconnell does provide me with a lot of material. [laughter] in 2010 the two big tax cuts were all won in 03. in 2010 at a time when, you know, it was pretty clear that that first decade would yield the revenue reductions on the scales somewhere between two and $3 trillion over the first ten years, mitch mcconnell, july 2010, he confirmed the next day that what senator john kyl had set a few days earlier was accurate. he said, there is no evidence whatsoever that the bush tax cuts actually diminish revenue. the increased revenue because of the vibrancy of the tax cuts and the economy. i think what the senator was expressing was the view of virtually every republican on that subject. and i was, this is no kind word that you can say in response to that. they're making this up. they have to be making the sub. to they believe it? a thing to do. the truth is, i think they do. i think one of the things in the last two chapters that i have spent some time with is a lot of the recent research about how
and there will be collaboration so the total price tag isn't picked up by the taxpayer." but senate minority leader mitch mcconnell isn't sold on it. "he says he wants balance, but his approach so far has been anything but. just as 'investment' has become a washington code for more spending, 'balance' has become code for 'my-way-or-the- highway.'" the president outlined nearly two dozen proposals in his state of the union speech, from incentives to high schools and community colleges to train workforce-ready graduates to raising the minimum wage and expanding pre-school education opportunities. but the republican rebuttal by marco rubio pointed out how the best intentions of obamacare have their negatives, too. "because of obamacare, some companies aren't hiring. and in some cases, full-time workers are being let go and replaced by part-time workers." tomorrow, in chicago, the president will address gun violence and, in particular, a shooting that took the life of a 15-year-old girl who had performed with her classmates at his innauguration less than a month ago. it also marks two full months since the s
year. and paul ryan is in the spirit. hi says i love my party as much as i love my guns. mitch mcconnell gets right to the point. i'm ready for a big filibuster. sounds about right. this valentine's day, let's do buck whatever world. nice one, scott. sarah palin says oh, my valentine card must be lost in the mail. >> instead of on-air meltdowns, let's melt some chocolate candies. >> finally, i have one. this goes out to all of my republican friends. forget the candy. here's a blueberry pie. the one from last year is all over your face. thanks for watching, i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >> the war against chuck hagel, let's play "hardball." >> good evening, wlet me start tonight with this, at least for now, defense secretary. republicans have thrown out so many different reasons. it's hard to keep them all straight. it's because hagel hasn't accounted for every single penny he's made and it's because of what he had to say about israel and iran. but it's also because of the white house's response to benghazi, something that has nothing do with chuck hagel, who wasn't even i
. >> thanks. >>> up next, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. are mitch mcconnell and rand paul joining forces to legalize pot? we'll explain, after the break. >>> and next, danger in the skies. a scary sight on the same day an asteroid is set to pass us by. where's bruce willis. >>> but first, a trivia question. who was the first woman to hold different cabinet jobs for two different presidents? the person to tweet the correct answer to both my twitter account @chucktoday a and @dailyrundown will get an on-air shout-out. the answer and more coming up on "the daily rundown." we'll be right back. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. which is why at liberty mutual insurance, auto policies come with new car replacement and accident forgiveness if you qualify. see what else comes standard at liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? or settling for wannabes? stop compromising! new vidal sassoon pro series. care and styling from the original salon genius, created to let you have it all at
response. in fact, it didn't take any time at all. senator mitch mcconnell's reaction arrived in my inbox before the president finished speaking. today's event at the white house proves once again that more than three months after the november election, president obama still prefers campaign events to common sense, bipartisan action. that was mitch mcconnell the psychic senator. in a paper statement, of course, as congress is currently in recess. speaker john boehner, never one to balk at a touch of plagiarism offered the same criticism but he tried to lay the blame on the president by calling these his sequester cuts. funny that because i seem to remember the speaker striking a different tone on the budget deal that produced the sequester. what was it he said again? >> you look this final agreement we came to with the white house, i got 98% of what i wanted. i'm pretty happy. >> that was it. let's get right to our panel. david corn is washington bureau chief for mother jones magazine, and karen finney is former dnc communications director. both are msnbc political analysts and i'm deligh
to "the ed show." there are signs senate minority leader mitch mcconnell is worried about losing his job. actress ashley judd is seriously considering running against the gentleman from kentucky. she is reportedly consulted with new york senator gillibrand and hired a democratic pollster to judge her chances in the bluegrass state. karl rove already spent $10,000 attacking ashley judd with this wild and crazy commercial, and now mitch mcconnell is taking on judd in his first commercial of his 2014 reelection campaign. it pokes fun at the president of the united states and other possible democratic candidates who might take on mcconnell. >> i'm going to start with this young lady right here in sort of the pink-white blouse, right there. and wait until the microphone comes up. introduce yourself. >> from the volunteer state, i proudly stand to nominate. >> whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. >> tennessee, the home of former president al gore. >> the fact mitch mcconnell is spending time and money attacking ashley judd is a sure sign he is in deep trouble. come on, she is a hollywood liberal from tenne
,000 attacking ashley judd with this wild and crazy commercial, and now mitch mcconnell is taking on judd in his first commercial of his 2014 reelection campaign. it pokes fun at the president of the united states and other possible democratic candidates who might take on mcconnell. >> i'm going to start with this young lady right here in sort of the pink-white blouse, right there. and wait until the microphone comes up. introduce yourself. >> from the volunteer state, i proudly stand to nominate. >> whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. >> tennessee, the home of former president al gore. >> the fact mitch mcconnell is spending time and money attacking ashley judd is a sure sign he is in deep trouble. come on, she is a hollywood liberal from tennessee who might run in kentucky? meanwhile, recent poll numbers also don't look too good for mcconnell. only 17% of kentucky voters would vote for the senate minority leader if the election were held today. another poll shows his approval rating at 37%. it makes him the least popular senator in the country. and in a head-to-head matchup against ashley judd, mcconnell
republican leader mitch mcconnell still prefers campaign events to -- joining me now for our daily fix, chris calizza and managing editor of post well, chris, we saw the performance at the white house. this was a set piece, if you will. the instant response from mitch mcconnell. the bottom line is neither side is negotiating. the white house now assumes the sequester is going to go into effect. is this going to be worked out by continuing resolutions by the end of march? a little bit of short-term pain, long-term gain? >> yep. you know, andrea, i think performance on both sides is the right word. look, i think the policy debate over whether a deal with get done between now and march 1st to avert the sequester is over. congress is away for the president's day week. when they come back, there's wide disagreement on how to do this. should tax increases, tax reform be included? the way washington works, they're not going to get something like this done before march 1st. mitch mcconnell, john boehner know that, and president obama knows that. what you are seeing now is the positionin
cut with a mixture of spending cuts and closing tax loopholes. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell fired back saying "tote's event at the white house proves once again that more than three months after the november election, president obama still prefers campaign events to common sense bipartisan action." protesters and debt simpleton bowles rolled out their new plans to balance the books. one that will spread the hurt on both sides of the aisle. >> it's become clearer and clearer to us, that if in fact we're actually going to get a bipartisan deal, that we're going to have to push both sides to get out of their comfort zone. >> if anybody can't understand what we're trying to do, and if anybody can't understand the sequester isn't really -- it's just going to do total disruption. >> joining me noun john harwood, cnbc correspondent. last week it was the meteorite, i guess bruce willis needs to roll into town and save us from another countdown. i think everybody at home believes this is ridiculous and we can't fathom how we're here again. >> well, it is ridiculous. but we're here ag
chuck hag hagel? according to the weathercast post minority leader mitch mcconnell has deputized he seems to drift. on sunday mccain had this to say about the prospect of a filibuster against hagel. let's watch. >> wi've never filibustered a presidential cabinet appointee, and i don't think we should start here. >> he sarksd quote, i believe he had fulfilled the rigorous requirements that the committee demands and by tuesday he rebuked ted cruise for his harsh critique of hagel. he agreed. take a look at this. >> hagel is an honorable man and has served on the committee and no one should impugn his credibility. >> tuesday mccain introduced a new wrinkle. he wrote a letter to the white house requesting more information about what the white house did during the benghazi attack. he told "foreign policy magazine," quote, we need to know what the president's conversations were. i would vote no on thursday to disclosure unless the information is provide. by tuesday, or almost every day of the week, he said the president has responded to his satisfaction. but he didn't vote for closure. he
of the presidency, the big knock was that the president didn't talk to mitch mcconnell, who was running the senate, didn't talk to him for a year. they felt like that was a tipping point where things went south, as far as a relationship. >> and jim, as we discussed before, aren't there a lot of lawmakers involved who say it complicates the reform? when the bill leaked out, rubio and paul ryan said why are you interfering here? >> yeah, i think it is before you have the legislation, be able to talk to republicans, the question is on gun control, do you want a deal? if you want a deal you have to bring republicans into the mix. so for the president, it is a tough deal. the president says every time i do engage you guys you end up not wanting to do business with me. or you end up going public saying i'm a fraud, or -- or not with you, he can't have it either way. there are senators who say he wants to do business. there is the provision on tax reform, on guns, immigration, to get something done, maybe not everything the president wants if they can figure out how to improve relationships between the o
mitch mcconnell said, i think the president is entitled to an up or down. that is simple majority vote on nominations, both to his cabinet and to the executive branch and also to the judiciary, clearly the republicans have somewhat changed their tune on the that. but if we do see, as we're seeing now, a sort of filibuster on nominees is this going to be the new normal now in washington? >> the consistency is not a virtue any longer, but what i'm surprised about with respect to the senate actions here, i serve there had the last 189 years, left two years ago, i served with chuck hagel, he served there 12 years and i'm very surprised that people who served with him in his own caucus, he caucused with them every week, they know him as a squad leader and infantry man who was twice wounded, he has two purple hearts by the way. they're suggesting somehow he's unworthy? it's unbelievable to me, every time you think this is sort of the nth degree of gridlock, i hope you dpind enough republicans who say we know chuck hagel, we serve with him every day, he's a good american, a patriot and very w
that can pass congress -- only more calls for higher taxes. mitch mcconnell had this to say in a statement after the president's speech. quote, today's event at the white house proves once again that more than three months after the november election, president obama still prefers campaign events to commonsense, bipartisan action. if anyone is waiting for any last-minute deals, they better not hold their breath waiting for them to come from mitch mcconnell. here's what he said to reporters a week ago. >> it's pretty clear to me that the sequester is going to go into effect. read my lips. i'm not interested in 11th hour negotiation. >> so republicans are definitely striking back at the president saying he can prevent damage to essential services by cutting from other areas of government. earlier i spoke with the republican senator rand paul of kentucky. senator, the president spoke today about those forced budget cuts. he had some pretty tough words for republicans. let me play a little bit of what he said. get your reaction. listen to this. >> so now republicans in congress face a simple c
brownstein, the editorial director of "the national journal." mitch mcconnell in the senate, who spoke about the proposed cuts. listen to this. >> their whole goal here is not to solve the problem. it is to have a show boat that is designed to fail. call it a day and wait for someone else to pick up the pieces. well, my message this morning is really quite simple. there wouldn't be any easy off ramps on this one. the days of 11th hour negotiations are over. washington democrats have gotten used to republicans bailing them out of their own lack of responsibility. but those days have passed. >> all right, so dana, they're eyeball to eyeball right now. and it potentially looks very ugly. >> reporter: absolutely, you know, the bottom line is what you're seeing now are the residual effects of the house speaker, he felt like he got burned. and his failed attempts over and over to cut deals with president obama over the past couple of years. and so what you're seeing are republicans, particularly in the house, throwing their hands up, saying you know, we already passed a bill a couple of times to r
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